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The boatman : Henry David Thoreau's river years, Robert M. Thorson

Label
The boatman : Henry David Thoreau's river years
Title
The boatman
Title remainder
Henry David Thoreau's river years
Statement of responsibility
Robert M. Thorson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Boatman gives readers a Thoreau for the Anthropocene epoch. As a backyard naturalist and river enthusiast, Thoreau was keenly aware of the way humans had altered the waterways and meadows of his beloved Concord River Valley. And he recognized that he himself--a land surveyor by trade--was as complicit in these transformations as the bankers, lawyers, builders, landowners, and elected officials who were his clients. Robert Thorson tells a compelling story of intellectual growth, as Thoreau moved from anger, to lament, to acceptance of the way humans had changed the river he cherished more than Walden Pond. In his twenties, Thoreau had contemplated industrial sabotage against a downstream factory dam. By the mid-1850s he realized that humans and an "imperfect" nature were inseparable. His beliefs and scientific understanding of the river would be challenged again when he was hired in 1859 as a technical consultant for the River Meadow Association, in America's first statewide case for dam removal--a veritable class-action suit of more than five hundred petitioners that pitted local farmers against industrialists. Thorson offers the most complete account to date of this "flowage controversy, " including Thoreau's behind-the-scenes investigations and the political corruption that eventually carried the day. In the years after the publication of Walden (1854), the river boatman's joy in the natural world was undiminished by the prospect of environmental change. Increasingly, he sought out for solace and pleasure those river sites most dramatically altered by human invention and intervention--for better and worse.--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
MH/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thorson, Robert M.
Dewey number
818/.309
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3057.N3
LC item number
T486 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Thoreau, Henry David
  • Thoreau, Henry David
  • Stream conservation
  • Concord River Valley (Mass.)
  • Ecology
  • Stream conservation
  • Massachusetts
Label
The boatman : Henry David Thoreau's river years, Robert M. Thorson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-306) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Moccasin print -- Colonial village -- American canal -- Transition -- Port Concord -- Wild waters -- River sojourns -- Consultant -- Mapmaker -- Genius -- Saving the meadows -- Reversal of fortune -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn959648556
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 315 pages
Isbn
9780674545090
Lccn
2016046669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027046340
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a897712
  • (OCoLC)959648556
Label
The boatman : Henry David Thoreau's river years, Robert M. Thorson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-306) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Moccasin print -- Colonial village -- American canal -- Transition -- Port Concord -- Wild waters -- River sojourns -- Consultant -- Mapmaker -- Genius -- Saving the meadows -- Reversal of fortune -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn959648556
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 315 pages
Isbn
9780674545090
Lccn
2016046669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027046340
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a897712
  • (OCoLC)959648556

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